Wednesday, September 30, 2020

It's Time for Halloween Tags!

Creative Embellishments chipboard tags are my favorite tags because they are so nice and big at 5.5 x 10".  There's lots of room for "stuff" and they're big enough to hang as decor. I think I'm going to put this one on my front door!

Shakers are so much fun to put on a tag or card and don'tcha just love this Haunted House Shaker?  I just inked up the chipboard with Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot and filled with Button Galore & More Spooky Fun sequin mix.


The shakers comes with everything you need to shake shake shake (except shaker material.)  You simply glue 2 shaker outlines to the base shaker.  Set that aside and let it completely dry!  If you don't, some of your shaker material may stick to the glue.While that is drying, glue the acetate to the top shaker outline and let that dry.  Now, and ONLY now, add shaker material to the base, (not too much) and then glue the acetate assembly over the filled shaker.   Caution, DON'T shake it at this point because there is bound to be some oozed glue under the acetate and you don't want your shake material to stick to it.  The name of the game is LET IT DRY!!  I know, you are dying to give it a good shake,  resist the urge and go back to your tag or card and wait for the shaker to dry.


While I was waiting for my shaker to dry, I worked on the tag.  First I  put down 2 layers of design paper.  Then I used the Halloween Stencil and masked spider webbing in the upper and lower corners.  After the masking dried I added a cut-apart and then my shaker.  The Happy Halloween sentiment is two layers of a die-cut from Cherry Lynn dies.  I placed the orange words on black die cut words to make it stand out and then used dimensional foam to pop up the letters.  

Next I added a couple of bats that I heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.



To complete my tag, I added some chipboard ghoulish pumpkins at the bottom that are simply painted a pumpkin color and backed with black paper to make the eyes and mouths pop.

I topped it off with some ribbon and a fabric flower rosette and venetian lace and roses at the bottom.



Altogether, I find this a fabulously fun tag that's not too scary!

Products from Creative Embellishments


Other Supplies
Pumpkin Paint
Dreamweaver Studio 490 Emblossing Paste - Black


Creative Embellishments Challenge

I hope you'll enter our monthly challenge; it's always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  You could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc. as of  the 1st of each month, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Sweet Baby Layout for Creative Embellishments


Isn't she lovely, my great -niece?  I love this series of photos showing her growth!  I used a Creative Embellishments chipboard 8 x 8 frame to pull the composition together and I think it does that so well!  I heat embossed the frame with American Crafts Zing Mustard Embossing Powder.  I was so happy that I actually had a yellow that matched the Graphic 45 Dreamland paper!

By the way Creative Embellishments has a large selection of frames ranging from big, 12 x 12, down to little frames.  Take a look here.
 



The detail in the corner scroll work is so pretty and really enhances the frame shape.




Doesn't the scrollwork on the frame look pretty peeking out from under the flowers?




I used one of my favorite Creative Embellishments products, a word border, in the center of the page.  It's from the Small Family Border Word Set. 








Other Supplies



American Crafts Zing Mustard Embossing Powder


Creative Embellishments Challenge

I hope you'll enter our monthly challenge; it's always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  You could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc. as of  the 1st of each month, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.

Thanks so much for stopping by,  I really appreciate it!






Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Pocket Notebook for Eileen Hull Designs

Hello friends!  Today I'm sharing a pocket notebook that I made using Eileen Hull Designs XL dies.    It's a great size at  4 1/4" x 6 3/4".

On the front I've used Eileen's Mailable Frame to create a pocket where a photo can be inserted.  A personal photo makes the cover so meaningful.  I used a photo of a Mama Bear looking for her 3 cubs that I took at Katmai National Park in Alaska.  Let me tell you, those cubs were having a blast while Mom was gorging herself on the salmon in the river!!  Later that day Mom got out of the water and took a nap.  Well, while she was napping the cubs were all over a Kubota tractor chewing on the seat and tires.  It was quite funny!




I just know you want to see a photo of those cubs being hooligans so here they are playing on the tractor.  (The tractor was being used as an anchor for a bridge that crossed over the river.  The winds were  so strong that day that they needed to hold the bridge in place.)



There are plenty of tutorials on how to make the pocket notebook so I'm not going to go through that again.  However, let me show you how to make this simple closure.

I didn't want the holes to show up on the front cover so I marked where the picture frame would be and punched a hole just above and just below.  I put eyelets in the holes just because I thought that would give it a finished look.  Note:  I put the front side of the eyelet on the inside of the cover since that is the hole that you will see.  Then just thread elastic through the hole and tie a double or triple knot in the ends. 

This is the inside front cover.  You can see that the elastic wraps over the top and bottom of the cover and is knotted on the inside.


To make the frame, I covered a piece of light weight chipboard with cardstock and ran it through my Vagabond die-cutting machine.  I cut the "V" shaped tab off the bottom and trimmed 1/8" off each side.  Then I just folded it up, glued on the outer edge of each side, and then adhered to the front of the notebook, allowing the right side to "hang" off just a little bit.


Here you can see the frame in place on the cover.  I added design paper over the cardstock.  You can also see that the holes are barely visible and once I added flowers they can't be seen at all.

On the back cover I am using Eileen's Red Liner Tape to hold the two covers together..  I like to use this tape when adhering my covers as it is really strong and holds well.  This is the basic cover design.  Now just need to add embellishments and some design paper.






Be sure to watch this video flip through to see all the details of the signature and a few more hints about putting this all together.





I also like to cover the spine after stringing it so that the strings don't show on the outside. 







Eileen Hull Designs by Sizzix Used








Thanks so much for joining me!  Be sure to visit Eileen's blog to keep up with all the happenings and to see what the rest of the design team has done.

Join us in the Eileen Hull Fan Club on Facebook, there's always lots of great things to see and learn there.







Tuesday, September 1, 2020

New Challenge at Creative Embellishments

Mood Board

Here it is September, already!  That means it's time for a new challenge at Creative Embellishment.  Here's the mood board,  I am drawn to that rusty truck!  The twist this month is to use rust on your project somewhere.  See the challenge entry requirements at the end of this post.




My Take on the Challenge

The old truck in the photo reminded me of this photo of my Dad taken after he wrecked his father's car, I think he rolled it in a ditch.




I used the Steampunk Gear Panel behind the photo to give it emphasis.  The gear panel is heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Copper.  The panel is 6 x 6, so it works well on layouts and cards.



On the left I used the Clock Corner.  This is a really cool Steampunk piece.  Gears and such always work well with masculine layouts, it doesn't have to be Steampunk.



The twist this month is to use rust so I used Prima rusting paste on some loose gears.  Don't you just love this effect, it looks so real!









How to enter the challenge

The monthly challenge is always the first post on the Creative Embellishments Blog.  Be sure to check it out, you could win a great gift certificate to the store!  Here are the rules:
  • Create a NEW project layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc….as of  September 1st, 2020.
  • It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to our blog page. Please make sure to reference our challenge. Please, no old projects. (meaning projects from previous months that may fit the challenge) Please share only new projects.
  • Please add your entry to the inlinkz tool below to be eligible for the prize. You have until the last day of each month 11:55 pm eastern time to enter.
  • Simply add a link to your FB photo (if you do not have a blog) featuring your challenge entry. Let us know how you were inspired by the photo.
  • Combining with other challenges is permitted.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.


Creative Embellishments Chipboard Used:






Other:

13 Arts Victoriana paper collection (Thanks Sandi!)




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